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What Does The Pledge Of Allegiance Mean?

You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning. I hope it’s more often...

 

Bar Members Want Courthouse Downtown

(Editor’s Note: This column was received by the paper Monday after publication and read at the county commission meeting Monday night.) The Transylvania County Bar consists of attorneys who live and practice in Transylvania County. We represent you...

 

Should We Pay Amazon To Come To North Carolina?

The “final 4” is over; now it’s time for the “final 20.” What sport is this, you say? It’s for the “Amazon Cup” – the 50,000 job, multi-billion dollar investment for the cyber retail giant’s second headquarters. North Carolina...

 

Guest Column: Pending Hospital Move Is A Cause For Sincere Concern

By Robert W. Purcell The recent announcement that Mission Health intends to pursue joining HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) comes in a relatively short time following the merger of our local hospital into the Mission Health system along with...

 

The Indispensable Craft Of The Politician

For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of proficiency and skill...

 

Guest Column: Mission Health Joining HCA Is Not 'Great News'

The announcement that Mission Health is considering joining the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) as reported in your lead article and the Guest Column by Michele Pilon in the March 26 Transylvania Times has me greatly concerned. Unlike the views...

 

Guest Column: Mission Change Is 'Great News' For Locals

Following the announcement by Mission Health that it has entered discussions with Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare about potentially joining that organization, I was approached by members of the Transylvania Regional Hospital family and the...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    March 19, 2018

Guest Column: Congress Tanks - But Do Its Members Care?

We’re at a watershed moment in American political history. Our Congress — I’m talking about the people’s body, the institution created by our founders, and not just the men and women who currently inhabit it — is in deep trouble. And no one...

 

Guest Column: Fire Chiefs Disagree With Flat Tax Proposal

This letter is written to express the collective opinions of the Transylvania County Fire Chiefs Association about the best approach to fund and continue improving fire, rescue and EMS services in Transylvania County. Below we provide some important...

 

Guest Column: Recalling Virginia Tillotson's Last Concert

Fewer than 20 of us attended, but it was a joyous occasion! On Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a pianist friend and I drove the nine miles from College Walk, where we live, to Cedar Mountain House on Highway 276, just past the entrance to Sherwood Forest...

 

Guest Column: Balancing Out The Lobbyists

One of the quirks of life in Washington, D.C., is that pretty much the only people who don’t refer to lobbyists by that name are, well, lobbyists. They’re “policy advisors,” or “strategic counsel,” or “public relations advisors” or...

 

Guest Column: Thank You For Giving To Our Community

To the citizens of Transylvania County – thank you for participating. In this season of Thanksgiving we want to take a moment and thank you for your gifts, not merely your donations, but your active participation. Your presence keeps The Bread of...

 

Guest Column: It's What We Do That Counts

I’ve been reminded recently of the old cowboy song, “Home on the Range.” You know the line, “Where never is heard a discouraging word”? That is not the United States right now. It feels like pretty much everywhere I turn, all I hear is...

 

Guest Column: Election Reform Is About More Than Fraud

A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is...

 

Guest Column: Why Support Bipartisanship?

Back in March, two young members of Congress from Texas, Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd, became brief Internet celebrities. Unable to fly back to Washington because of a snowstorm, the two hit the road together, tweeting and livestreaming their trip...

 

Guest Column: Mission Says The Door Is Open For Resolution

After several more rounds of disingenuous advertising from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), inaccurate letters sent to patients and a great deal of public discussion, many people are wondering: Is there any possible way that...

 

Guest Column: French Broad River: Conservation Perspective

For many years, I have heard discussions about the pros and cons of surrounding land uses and their impacts upon the French Broad River and the quality of water, the stability of the river, and how the river should be managed. These discussions...

 

Guest Column: For BCBS, How Much Money Is Enough?

A barrage of negative advertising and misleading claims from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) have generated a common question: “How much is enough?” Since reporting more than half a billion dollars of profit ($542 million)...

 

Guest Column: Revising Medicare And Fighting Terrorists

By Frank A. Pearsall I’ve been thinking — our government has it all wrong about trying to get enough manpower to fight the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Syria. There’s even been loose talk about reinstating the draft to get more young men...

 

Guest Column: School Consolidation: A Problem-less Solution

From the time I started kindergarten until I graduated high school, the traditional public schools I attended in Henderson County cared for me, shaped my future and inspired me to become a teacher myself. In the bad times and good times alike, the...

 

Membership In Mission Health Is Beneficial

One of my top priorities is listening to any community concerns in my role as hospital president and chief nursing officer of Transylvania Regional Hospital. I’ve enjoyed meeting with so many of you via public forums, including the Pisgah Forest...

 

Guest Column: Decisions Made In Patients' Best Interests

I would like to respond to a recent letter to the editor of The Transylvania Times, and to clarify the factors that led to the decision by Transylvania Regional Hospital and Mission Health to consolidate its associated doctors’ practices. First...

 

The Journey Inward: Pooh, Piglet And A Little Treatise On Faith

By Dr. John Campbell Pooh and Piglet are facing either a rising or setting sun, we don’t know, as they walk along. Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. Pooh” he whispered. “Yes Piglet?” “Nothing” said Piglet,” taking Pooh’s paw....

 

We Can Encourage Good Media

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder ...

 
 By Al Mercer    Opinion    June 8, 2017

Guest Column: City Of Brevard Needs Civil Ordinances - Brevard, NC

City ordinances exist but they are inadequate for protecting Brevard’s citizens from simple daily disturbances like barking dogs or other annoyances. County and city jurisdictions overlap and even though their ordinances complement each other,...

 

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